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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 161

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With one game left in the season, Anthony Rizzo climbs into uncharted territory that was uncertain to be seen this season.

Superhero award number 18 on the season.
Superhero award number 18 on the season.
Mike McGinnis
EDITOR'S NOTE: Heroes and Goats from Sunday's win will post later this morning.

I have to wonder, with Anthony Rizzo now at 86 points on the Hero chart, whether or not he would have broken the 100-point mark had he not been injured. My guess is that he would have made it. Maybe next year he'll get there.

But he did break another barrier this season. More on that below.

Graphs for Game 161 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-161

Stats for Game 161:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Schlitter

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.41

.104

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.74

.041

B Parker

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.65

.029

T Wada

5

8

1

2

1

4

1.1

-.074

Total

8

10

1

2

3

7

1.03

.100

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.13

.105

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

1.29

.030

C Coghlan

3

1

1

0

0

1

2

1.35

-.037

W Castillo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.2

-.044

T Wada

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.47

-.046

L Watkins

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.66

-.072

R Kalish

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.45

-.078

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.49

-.148

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.45

-.153

J Soler

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.74

-.157

Total

31

1

5

0

1

2

16

1.43

-.600

Writer's Note: The daily selections of the three Heroes and three Goats are based solely on the top three and bottom three WPA scores for the game. The selections are not based on my subjective opinion.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Anthony Rizzo (.105). And with this Superhero award, Rizzo officially crosses the plus-50 mark on the plus/minus chart.
  • Hero - Brian Schlitter (.104). Got out of a tough jam in the sixth, part of which was inherited.
  • Sidekick - Edwin Jackson (.041). The last time he saw the Hero podium as a result of his pitching performance was on July 1.

THE THREE GOATS: The 0-for-4's have it in this game.

  • Billy Goat - Jorge Soler (-.157). His first view from the top of the Goat podium.
  • Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.153). With Saturday's podium placement he is now locked in at the top of the Goat chart for 2014. But it helps out that he's also locked into second place on the Hero chart.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.148). As Al said in his recap, at least he only struck out once.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 161 (Changes in Bold, Notations Below):

x - Player not on active roster.
y - Player not on 40-man roster.
z - Player no longer with Cubs.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

18

11

10

86

Luis Valbuena

13

13

8

73

Starlin Castro

14.5

10

9

72.5

Welington Castillo

11

8.5

5.5

55.5

Chris Coghlan

9

10

4

51

Jake Arrieta

12

5

1

47

y-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Travis Wood

6

6

1

31

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

z-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

Mike Olt

4

3

9

27

y-Ryan Sweeney

2

6

6.5

24.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Junior Lake

4

3

4

22

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Brian Schlitter

1

5.5

7.5

21.5

Arismendy Alcantara

3

5

2

21

Hector Rondon

0

2

16

20

Jorge Soler

5

1.5

1.5

19.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1.5

0.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

1

3

9

18

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

1

0

17

Edwin Jackson

4

1

3

17

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Javier Baez

1

5

3

16

Chris Valaika

5

0

0

15

Ryan Kalish

4

1

1

15

Justin Grimm

0

4

7

15

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Matt Szczur

1

2.5

1.5

9.5

Zac Rosscup

0

3

1.5

7.5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

Felix Doubront

2

0

0

6

Jacob Turner

1

1

0

5

Blake Parker

0

1

3

5

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

1

1.5

3.5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

Logan Watkins

0

0

3

3

Dan Straily

0

0

1

1

Eric Jokisch

0

0

1

1

Rafael Lopez

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Luis Valbuena

8

11

13

59

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Welington Castillo

5

15.5

9

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Travis Wood

12

5

2

48

Edwin Jackson

13

3

1

46

Arismendy Alcantara

6

9.5

5.5

42.5

Junior Lake

6

6.5

9.5

40.5

Chris Coghlan

7

5

8

39

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Mike Olt

6

4

6

32

Javier Baez

5

4.5

6.5

30.5

Justin Grimm

7

1.5

3

27

y-Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Carlos Villanueva

6

1

4

24

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

John Baker

4

2

5

21

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

y-Ryan Sweeney

3

3

3.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

3

4

1

18

Wesley Wright

4

1

3

17

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Jake Arrieta

4

0

3

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Brian Schlitter

2

3

2

14

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

4

13

Neil Ramirez

4

0

0

12

Jacob Turner

4

0

0

12

Chris Valaika

1

4

1

12

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2.5

9.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jorge Soler

1

1

4

9

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Dan Straily

1

1

0

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Felix Doubront

1

0

1

4

Logan Watkins

0

1

2

4

Eric Jokisch

0

1

1

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Zac Rosscup

0

0

1

1

Rafael Lopez

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

86

36

50

Jake Arrieta

47

15

32

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Luis Valbuena

73

59

14

Chris Coghlan

51

39

12

Jorge Soler

19.5

9

10.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

17

9

8

Brian Schlitter

21.5

14

7.5

Zac Rosscup

7.5

1

6.5

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Kyle Hendricks

18.5

13

5.5

Ryan Kalish

15

9.5

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Chris Valaika

15

12

3

Felix Doubront

6

4

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Matt Szczur

9.5

8

1.5

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Welington Castillo

55.5

55

0.5

Rafael Lopez

1

0.5

0.5

Pedro Strop

18

18

0

Logan Watkins

3

4

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Blake Parker

5

7

-2

Eric Jokisch

1

3

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Hector Rondon

20

23

-3

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Dan Straily

1

5

-4

Neil Ramirez

7.5

12

-4.5

Mike Olt

27

32

-5

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

John Baker

14

21

-7

Jacob Turner

5

12

-7

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

15

27

-12

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Javier Baez

16

30.5

-14.5

Travis Wood

31

48

-17

Junior Lake

22

40.5

-18.5

Arismendy Alcantara

21

42.5

-21.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

17

46

-29

Valbuena and Soler slide down on the plus/minus chart, while Jackson manages to push himself out of minus-30 territory.